19 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

19 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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19 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + train:  8​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Saariselka
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
6
Kouvola
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get in touch with nature at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Get a sense of the local culture at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Tampere Cathedral. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Haemeenlinna (Ahvenisto Activity Park & Linna Golf & Country Club). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tampere online driving holiday planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Barcelona in July, things will get little chillier in Tampere: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hameenlinna
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
day
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, and then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in August, you will find days in Saariselka are a bit cooler (19°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 5th (Mon), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Levi sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): experience the excitement of Feelapland, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Nature
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip maker .

Fly from Rovaniemi to Savonlinna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Linden Esplanade and Stromforsin ruukki. Get in touch with nature at Repovesi National Park and Arboretum Mustila. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Kotka (Riverside Park, Beach Mansikkalahti, & more) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kouvola journey builder .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, Stromforsin ruukki, Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Popular historic sites such as Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Ullanlinna. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 46 minutes away. Pack the 17th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Katajanokka, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip site .

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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